With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole bad ass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone's hero.
Alex, a mild-mannered library assistant, has moved to Slater, a quiet college town, hoping to hide from his past. He keeps to himself, but that doesn't save him from catching the unwanted attention of the campus bully. But not all is as it seems. Alex's past comes calling, and it's time he becomes top dog.
This book seems to be love it or hate it for most readers. Me? Yeah, I'm for SURE in the second category. 1 star for default plus 1 star for dirty talking... I'm being generous here.
I had so many issues with this one that I'm not quite sure where to start? The lack of character development? The telling vs showing? The sub-par audio narration? Where do I begin?!
I'll just jump right in. Was I the only one who thought that Ridley was sort of insane? And not fun insane, ACTUALLY crazy? First of all, he stalks Alex relentlessly, spending time and money that he says that Alex better appreciate to look good for him, visiting the library where he works for MONTHS with no backpack or books and pretends to read while staring at him. Did that strike anyone else as odd???? And later, when things start to fall apart (no spoilers here!), Ridley is just happy as can be to do whatever Alex says? He is also extremely underdeveloped as a character. Sure, I know he has lots of tattoos and likes rough sex, but other than a few tell-y details, I knew nothing about him. He felt like a creepy shell of a person.
Alex was only marginally better. It is hard to talk about him without giving away any plot spoilers, but I wanted to shout, "This isn't a freaking 80's movie!" It felt as contrived as one.
The sex. Well, sure it was hot. Lots of really rough sex, lots of bruising and sort of BDSM-y but less formal. But, please, can we stop with all the dry fingering? Having three fingers shoved up you completely dry has felt good for no one, ever.
The plot. Ugh. It was muy loco. I'm not a romantic suspense lover and when my hot contemporary morphed into something else, with a plot that felt thrown together, I was not a happy camper. I also never felt the love between the MCs. It was like a 80s buddy caper, with biting.
I'm also going to spend a brief moment discussing grammar and editing. When you are listening to an audiobook, sometimes grammar mistakes become more apparent. They did to me here. I'm not a grammar Nazi, but hearing "he" when "him" should have been used and adverbs/adjective errors irritated me.
Lastly, the narration. This narrator wasn't the worst I've heard but he was NOT good. He used the same exact voice for both MCs and had a very monotone way of delivering dialogue. He voice got a little "gruff" during the sex scenes but that was about it for his range of emotion. It didn't help make a book that I was already not enjoying any more enjoyable.
Another book for the "everyone else loves it shelf."
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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